Thomas.gov Officially Retires on July 5

The Law Librarians of Congress blog In Custodia Legis recently announced that Thomas.gov will officially retire as of July 5, 2016.

Thomas.gov was launched on January 5, 1995, after Congressional leadership directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. On September 19, 2012 Congress.gov was introduced to eventually replace Thomas.gov with a more robust, updated system.

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Congress.gov’s beta label was removed in September 2014, and it is set to officially replace Thomas.gov as the official website for U.S. federal legislative information.

Congress.gov provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC’s Congressional Research Service.

 

Bar Exam-Relevant Electronic Databases: E&E Publishing

This is the second post in a four-part series spotlighting bar exam-relevant databases.

Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E) provides daily coverage of environmental and energy policy. E&E comprises of five online publications:

EnergyWire – Focuses on the business, environmental, and political issues surrounding the energy law industry. The front page feed also includes a topical Oil and Gas section, with articles about everything from oil and gas bankruptcies in Texas to a state proposed shale gas tax.

energywireClimateWire – Mirroring the setup of EnergyWire, ClimateWire provides an array of daily articles discussing climate issues and effects on business, the environment, and society.

climatewireE&E Daily – From federal agency appropriations to comprehensive energy legislation, E&E Daily is the place to track their environmental and energy issues in Congress.

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Greenwire – Greenwire, established in the 1990s as one of the first online subscription-based publications, covers a significant spectrum–from electricity industry restructuring to Clean Air Act litigation to public lands management. Although Oil & Gas isn’t a designated an entire section heading as it is in EnergyWire, Greenwire still provides significant coverage on the subject.

GreenwireE&ENews PM – Although lacking in quantity as compared to other E&E Publications, the E&ENews PM is published every afternoon and includes all the breaking and developing policy news from Capitol Hill and around the world.

E&ENews PMAccess to the E&E Publishing databases referenced in this post is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website, under the Electronic Resources tab.

Bar Exam-Relevant Electronic Databases: What are they?

This is the first post in a four-part series spotlighting bar exam-relevant databases. Each database will be explored in detail.

For recent law school graduates looking to keep abreast of bar exam-relevant material in a palatable format outside bar prep study hours, the following electronic resources may offer reprieve. Each of these databases cover a subject often tested on the Texas Bar Examination.

E&E Publishing (Oil and Gas Law)

E&E Front Page

Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E) is the leading source for comprehensive, daily coverage of environmental and energy policy.

Bloomberg BNA Family Law Reporter (Family Law)

FLR

Published weekly, Bloomberg BNA Family Law Reporter covers important new federal and state family law cases, legislation, and issues.

Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law Resource Center (Business Association & Uniform Commercial Code)

Corp Law

Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law Resource Center covers the broad spectrum of business law and features concise coverage of areas of critical interest to corporate practitioners.

Access to all the databases referenced in this post is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website, under the Electronic Resources tab.

 

 

Legislative Insight Featured Spotlight: Legislative Process

This is the second post in a three-part series spotlighting Legislative Insight database features. For this post, we’re looking at the “Legislative Process” tab, available off the menu bar (shown below).

Leg Proc 3.1The legislative process is broken down into seven steps:

  1. A bill is drafted and introduced (either through the House or Senate)
  2. A bill is referred to a committee and subject to hearings and markup
  3. A committee votes to report a bill
  4. A bill goes to the floor
  5. The bill goes to conference
  6. The bill goes to the president to sign or veto
  7. The enacted law is printed and codified

Each step is explained in detail by clicking the orange information tab (shown below). In the example below, the Legislative Process page breaks down the intricacies of when a bill is referred to a committee.

Leg Proc 3.3 The Legislative Process page on Legislative Insight demystifies the law making process by providing a step-by-step guide in simplified language.

Access to ProQuest’s Legislative Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Legislative Insight Featured Spotlight: Quick Search & Search by Number

This is the final post in a three-part series spotlighting Legislative Insight database features.

Aside from the basic search bar available on the home page and the Guided Search tab (which is an extension of the basic search bar), there are two other ways to conduct a search: (1) Quick Search and (2) Search by Number.

Quick Search

Leg Insight 4.1Quick Search is fairly intuitive. You can either type in what law you’re searching, or utilize the “Popular Names of Laws List,” located directly under the search bar (shown above). In the example below, we selected the “Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1987” and narrowed our search to only Hearings, under Publication Types.

Leg Insight 4.2After results populate, the left menu bar prompts the user to narrow the results even more–by subject term, start and end date, and source.

Search By Number

The Search by Number form is the quickest way to search for legislative information when you already have the–as the name implies–numbers associated with the piece of legislation. Users can search by bill number, public law number, public resolution number, statutes at large, publication number, bibliographic number, and serial set volume number (shown below).

Leg Insight 4.3

 

Access to ProQuest’s Legislative Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

GPO to Digitize all Issues of the Federal Register

federalregisterThe U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) recently announced that it plans to make every issue of the Federal Register digitally available to the public. Approximately 14,587 individual issues, which go back to 1936, will be digitized. The digitization is expected to be completed in 2016. Currently, digital versions dating from 1994 to the present are available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The Federal Register is updated daily by 6 a.m. and is published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. (Source: Federal Depository Library Program).

 

NOW ONLINE! Historical Texas Statutes 1879-1960

Historical Texas statutes from 1879 through 1960 are now online. The statutes can be accessed online through the Law Library’s website at http://www.law.ttu.edu/lawlibrary/InternetResources.php. Follow the steps as noted on the screenshot below.  The volumes can be read online or downloaded in PDF format. If you have any questions, please contact the Law Library.

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